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Bob Graff

Senior Sales Manager, Education at Yaskawa America Inc. - Motoman Robotics Division

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Posted: 4/24/2019 10:38:55 AM by Bob Graff
Topics: Education and Training, Events

Despite a growing concern that the STEM worker shortage could be severe, the future of manufacturing shines a bit brighter thanks to annual events like National Robotics Week. A series of grassroots events and activities during the month of April aimed at increasing public awareness of the importance of the U.S. robotics industry, National Robotics Week offers hands-on experience to students, inspiring them to pursue STEM-related fields. Read More

Posted: 11/27/2018 5:07:35 PM by Bob Graff
Topics: Education and Training

Next-generation robotics and manufacturing processes, inspired by Industry 4.0, are prompting the need for a higher level of readiness within the American workforce. Currently, two out of five Americans agree the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) worker shortage is severe1, influencing a shift toward a more dynamic approach to education to adequately fill 3.4 million manufacturing jobs by 2025—2 million of which may go unfilled due to talent unavailability2. So, what can be done to support the staffing needs of the future? Read More

Posted: 12/15/2017 1:25:05 PM by Bob Graff
Topics: Education and Training

The United States is inadequately prepared to meet the staffing needs for the quantity and quality of entry-level robotics and automation technicians needed in our manufacturing facilities across the country. Recent studies by the Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute, Boston Consulting Group and Deloitte report the impact and extent of the manufacturing skills gap, and at the present pace, the industry faces a job shortage of 2 million workers over the next decade1. Read More

Posted: 6/26/2017 9:48:49 PM by Bob Graff
Topics: Education and Training

Let’s face it. The public has a surface-level understanding of the robotic engineering industry. Thanks to the media, and some healthy imagination, we envision a new, progressive industry filled with modern engineers, hovercrafts and automated toys. But the robotic engineering industry is neither new, nor occupied by a new breed of engineers (at least not yet). For high school students preparing for STEM careers in this field, it’s important to separate the facts from the fiction and dive into the core of the matter. Here are few things to know: Read More

Posted: 7/5/2016 4:12:30 PM by Bob Graff
Topics: Education and Training

We recently surveyed members of the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)to get a handle on the state of robotics education in America. In the course of four days, we heard back from nearly three hundred teachers, professors and administrators at universities, two-year colleges, technical schools and high schools. Here’s some of what we learned:  Sixty-two percent of those surveyed have a robotics education program in place, the remainder do not. Fifty-five percent of those with a program aim to enhance it. Read More
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